July 16, 2013
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke pulled his music from Spotify to defend emerging artists.
The albums ”AMOK,” with Atoms for Peace, and Yorke’s solo album “The Eraser” disappeared from the streaming service over the weekend.
Yorke and his producer Nigel Godrich went on Twitter and called their decision a “small meaningless rebellion.”
Yorke Tweeted: ”Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will not get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.”
Spotify responded, saying it’s already in the early stages of a project that will benefit new artists:
A statement said: ”Spotify’s goal is to grow a service which people love, ultimately want to pay for, and which will provide the financial support to the music industry necessary to invest in new talent and music. We want to help artists connect with their fans, find new audiences, grow their fan base and make a living from the music we all love. We’ve already paid $500 million to rights holders so far and by the end of 2013 this number will reach $1 billion. Much of this money is being invested in nurturing new talent and producing great new music.”